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Developing the whole person

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Latest News

What’s the real story behind this year’s Sats?

Since the launch of the 2014 curriculum, I have always felt uncomfortable with the binary divide among 11-year-olds that the language of ‘reached/not-reached expected standard’ creates. No matter how caringly and skilfully Year 6 teachers frame things for the ‘not-mets’, I fear that evidence of some psychological or self-esteem damage may later emerge around the long-term impact of this language of failure. And this language also plays into the hands of lazy journalists, who can (and will) pick up the ‘news’ that 39% of children who sat the...
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Whither education after the Election shambles?

The phrase, ‘well, I didn’t see that coming!’ was uttered up and down the land earlier this month, when the snap General Election, called by the Conservative government, spectacularly backfired on the party. The late Labour surge succeeded in massively derailing Theresa May’s plans to crush her opponents and drive through her agenda, unfettered by her previously slim majority. A majority about which she can now only wistfully dream. My favourite joke doing the rounds on Twitter after the election? This one: It seems that there is no end to...
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School Improvement

This (slightly longer than usual) blog introduces some Schoolsworks thinking on a key topic – school improvement. In my experience there has been a rather ‘deficit model think’ about the concept and language around school improvement over the twenty-five years I have been involved in primary education. By that I mean that to talk about school improvement might suggest that things are not good and that problems need addressing. And by corollary, it suggests that good schools do not need to think about school improvement! But in Schoolsworks,...
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Emotional Intelligence

I have always hoped that becoming a MAT would enable us to grow even better leaders of schools and school systems. Globally, these are worrying days of alt-right and populist politics that appear to be making some of the lovely things in our culture well, less lovely. Children need role models who not only help them to sound clever with fronted adverbials and properly punctuated subordinate clauses, but who are also socially and emotionally aware. I doubt that psychological flexibility and good conflict management skills will ever be tested...
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What’s your motivation?

I stumbled into education. Never trained as a teacher or in public sector administration. My path into this job followed a circuitous route of law, church ministry, writing, training, social movements and latterly mediation. But education is a wonderful sector to be engaged with. I love it. What could be more rewarding than giving children and young people opportunities to determine their own paths and to positively influence the world around them? And yet, even in this exciting sector, the pressures of the environment can easily kill our...
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Staff Focus

Shannon Lasham

My name is Shannon and I’m a Mid-day Meals Supervisor at Rustington Community Primary School. I help the children with their lunch and then help supervise their playtime.

I only ever see happy children and the atmosphere here is great. My favourite moment recently was a massed game of Duck-Duck-Goose with about 60 children!